Check out this project from a few students at The AA. Done as part of an emergent technologies class, the few students created a new neighborhood, computational derived from the need for space and sustainability. Although we would have liked to see some of the more important buildings have a more thorough design, the importance is in the larger scale of the urban fabric that is created.
Polymorphic is a bench that fulfills multiple different functions, taking different forms, and also morphing to different arrangements of users. It encourages interaction among people through the see-saw like design of each section. It’s awesome, in terms of catalyzing social interaction away from things like Facebook and into our everyday life, but it seems like there could have been other ways to cooperate on the bench, besides who goes up and who goes down. What do you think of the overall project?
A dark look at architecture and technology, as we look at another ongoing conversation between man versus the machine. How we as man create because we can, we invent because we think, and design because of passion. Kervin Brisseaux pushes the philosophical view that even though each generation has pushed technology to advance the global culture, at which point does technology then in turn regress human evolution.
SCHOOL:Syracuse SOA STUDENT: Kervin W Brisseaux COURSE: ARC 500 – Practice Alternatives YEAR: 2008
One of today’s most controversial and iconic architects of today, Frank Gehry, is constantly pushing for architecture in motion. Can a physical building give the notion of movement or do we, as the designers/architects, like to think that architecture can have a mental impact on the user? Jie Liang from Cal Poly pushes fluid motions through the design of this school, through the use of materials, spacing, and the juxtaposition of organizational program. However he mentions the notions of “speed” and “fluid dynamics”, are they notions or can this actually be felt in today’s architecture?
STUDENT: Jie Liang PROFESSOR:Thomas Fowler SEMESTER: 2010 COURSE: Third Year
Some of you are currently working on your architectural thesis, while others are trying not to think about your nearing final year in school. So we thought we’d mix it up a little today and bring to you a totally different style of approaching your thesis, done by four students from Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning. This collaboration of students proposed a group thesis where they spent a year exploring the world of design fabrication and today’s modern fabrication equipment as a business platform. And now a year out of school their company PROJECTiONE has joined the ranks of emerging architectural fabrications shops like THEVERYMANY and Bram Geenen.
Computational design is always an interesting thing to see implemented in small scale designs, especially those at the human scale. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of a digital means of creation with the cruder physical world. This project is a great example of that, a computationally designed bench and shade, done at the Digital Architectural Lab, sponsored by the Hunan University SoA. The DAL is a workshop that brings together prominent architects in the computation field with students. This work done under the supervision of a few architects from Zaha Hadid’s office and UNstudio.